Can you guess which Western these TV stars are talking about?

By: H&I Staff     Posted: February 5, 2024, 3:00PM
TV Western fans know there's a big difference between shows like Wanted: Dead or Alive and Have Gun - Will Travel, and today that familiarity is going to come in real handy.

We've gone through interviews with some of the biggest stars and influential producers in TV Western history, pulling cool stories and intriguing insights that any fan would love to hear. 

Just read through these snippets below and see if you can figure out which TV Western they're talking about. Good luck!
  1. The producer of this show shared this insight into what made it special: “The guest stars. I think it raised the level of the stories beyond other shows. We had good chemistry between our scout and our wagonmaster … but I really think that driving writers to think in terms of real deep characters, we began to get a different kind of show.”
  2. One of the cast members on this show once explained: “You know why we always wore the same costume? Because the stock footage that they’d shoot. We’d go up to Lake Tahoe … shoot a couple shows, and have our doubles dress up in our costumes and go gallivanting across the prairie.”
  3. The star of this show once explained: “This term ‘adult Western’ was introduced and overused, but that’s what it was. Because almost every Western series … were slanted mainly at the kids. So when it came time to do the television show, we used the scripts from the old radio shows for most of our first two or three seasons.”
  4. The young star on this Western remembered this of his co-star: "I would get Chuck to ride horses with me. I remember the first time we were working at the 20th Century Fox Ranch, we rode up to the lake there and went camping."
  5. The star of this show revealed: “Most of the [props] actually worked. The gun that would come out of my wrist worked, the gun in the heel of my boot worked. Most of them worked.”
  6. The star of this show explained the chemistry on set: “Everybody got along fairly well on that series. Sheb Wooley was a great friend of mine. We used to go out and sing at the Palomino Club or do something crazy.”
  7. A cast member on this Western described why it was unique: “The whole show is like a fairytale Western. It’s not realistic, but he built a whole city out there … and Michael Landon was just a wonderful producer. He ran the whole show.”
  8. The announcer on this show described its memorable opening: “We did the opening, but not the way we did it on radio. They cut it down, so it opened just with ‘fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty ‘Hi-yo, silver!’ … That came on with him galloping in on the white horse.”
  9. A guest star on this show described the star: “Boone was definitely a method actor. … He and Steve McQueen, they have stage movements that allow them to size you up and then say the line, and it’s very effective.”
  10. The star on this show explained a memorable cast addition: “I was making them as fast as I could, but we were losing a day a week … and we knew we were gonna run out of shows to put on in a couple of months. And that’s where they came up with the idea of the brother. So, he could do one, I could do one, we could do one together.”
Can you guess which Western these TV stars are talking about?

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